Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPad Now Available

microsoft-word-ipadMicrosoft released its staple office applications – Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – in Apple’s App Store yesterday. The apps are free to download and use to view existing documents though document creation and editing require an Office 365 subscription, which costs $99 per year and allows use of the apps on up to five iPads.

Microsoft created this promo video to highlight the features of the new apps:

If you’ve been waiting for Microsoft Office to come to the iPad, this should make you one happy camper. I’m personally disappointed that a subscription is needed to create and edit documents and would much rather pay a one-time fee to get full use of the apps. However, Microsoft did make full use of the Office Mobile app for iPhone free with the release of the iPad apps, so that’s a bit of a consolation. You can download Microsoft Office Mobile for free and while you still need a free Microsoft account to use it, you won’t be spending any of your hard-earned cash to create and edit documents with it.

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Microsoft Word

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** Word for iPad was among the App Store Best of 2014 in twelve countries! View, create and edit Word documents for free. ** The real Microsoft Word app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. ...

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Microsoft PowerPoint

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** View, create and edit PowerPoint presentations for free! ** The real Microsoft PowerPoint app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Now PowerPoint presentations look great on your tablet and...

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Microsoft Excel

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** View, create and edit Excel spreadsheets for free! ** The real Microsoft Excel app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Now your Excel spreadsheets look better than ever on your tablet and...

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** Try the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone! Now available in the App Store. These apps replace Office Mobile for iPhone. ** Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion...

23 Comments

KeyCuts

For 90% of consumers out there, I think running Excel on the iPad would satisfy the main usage for Excel which is maintaining a list of data. For the advanced formulas and other operations in Excel, the desktop version will obviously be better.

This is a huge move for Microsoft as it coincides with the launch of OneDrive, Microsoft’s answer to Google Drive. We have been using Google Sheets, Google Docs, and the other cloud tools provided by Google simply because you can easily access them on the iPad and mobile devices.

The one thing we are not sure about is the availability to do advanced calculations on the iPad. The look and feel of Excel feels similar on the iPad, but being able to do things like Excel keyboard shortcuts will probably make Excel very different on the iPad vs. desktop.

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par4dox

If you don’t want to pay $8 per month for full editing rights with Word, Excel and PPT for iPad, and you already have Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you can just save or send files in the Microsoft format using the Apple apps.

C.J.

These apps from Microsoft are worthless unless you pay as you go, rent your data in affect. Personally I resent the subscription mode. This is the game plan for a lot of developers an such.

Testing Stuff

I wonder why Microsoft did not include Outlook? With all the problems folks are having with Apple’s Mail, this is an opportune time for Microsoft to release Outlook, for iOS devices, in this same manner.

Duane

Google drive is easy to use and free. I only install MS office on my desktop. Most of my mobile device like laptops, iphone, and ipad are using google drive now.

MacDelta

It looks like Microsoft’s MS Office pulled the Quark XPress maneuver. It might be great, but it’s way too late! For $99.00/year, it had better be able to type and format what I’m thinking! Then again…

Ryan

Google drive is easy to use and free. I only install MS office on my desktop. I wonder why Microsoft did not include Outlook?

edj

Ewww. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are so far superior. Why would I want to taint my iPad with Microsnot crap?

Letha

It’s same as Microsoft Office. I prefer to use MS office on my laptop. Google drive is also better than it & totally free of cost. I think I should give it one try for my iPad. I would like to buy it.

Potalela

It looks like Microsoft’s MS Office pulled the Quark XPress maneuver. It might be great, but it’s way too late! I prefer to use MS office on my laptop. Google drive is also better than it & totally free of cost.

NHRgr

Pages and Numbers work fine for me on my iPad. The alleged advantages of Word/Excel are outweighed by the “rent our software” approach of MS. As for Apple Mail, I’d much prefer to stick with that then I would to complicate my life needlessly with Outlook.

MS has problems providing a superior product for a premium price. There’s a hole in their marketing approach.

Ram

It’s same as Microsoft Office. I prefer to use MS office on my laptop. Google drive is also better than it & totally free of cost. I think I should give it one try for my iPad. I would like to buy it.

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